, then-president bush ordered the invasion of iraq. many began to grow frustrated by the loss of life and the weapons of mass destruction. he told me a short time ago that he took time today to reflect on this anniversary. >> to me, it's -- this day is sad because it -- it reminds me that we live in a society at this point where we have to have these perpetual wars going on. i really think we need to look deeper within ourselves, which is why we still keep the memorial up here even though people, i'm sure, ask that question, why is it still up there. the war is over. the war in iraq is over. >> reporter: over the years, this memorial has sparked its share of controversy. vandals several times have torn out the crosses. critics have called for them to come down, describing this display as an eyesore. the creator keeps them up here even though the war in iraq officially ended in 2011. because in his mind, he wants these crosses to remain on the hillside until all u.s. service members will have come home. as we come back out here live, you see a live look at this hillside in la fayette.